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Fan-run subreddit for the aerospace company Rocket Lab

This fan-run subreddit is for news and discussion about Rocketlabs spaceflight operations. For stock-specific discussion, use r/RKLB or the provided megathread

Rocket Lab Website

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WIKI

Rocket Lab’s mission is to remove the barriers to commercial space. It was founded on the belief that small payloads require dedicated small launch vehicles and the flexibility not currently offered by traditional rocket systems. Founded 2007 in New Zealand



Vehicles:

Electron Stats:

  • Height: 18 m
  • Nominal Payload: 200 kg
  • Max Payload: 300 kg
  • Liftoff mass: 13,000 kg

 

E- FIRST STAGE

  • Lift Off Thrust: 224.2 kN
  • ISP: 311 SEC

 

E- SECOND STAGE

  • Total Thrust: 25.8 kN
  • ISP: 343 sec

 

THIRD "KICK" STAGE

  • Propellant: Liquid bi-propellant

NEUTRON STATS

  • Height: 40 m
  • Nominal Payload LEO: 8,000 kg
  • Nominal Payload to Luna: 2,000 kg
  • Nominal Payload Mars & Venus: 1,500 kg
  • Estimated Liftoff mass: 450,000 kg

 

FIRST STAGE

  • Lift Off Thrust: unk kN
  • ISP: Unk sec

 

SECOND STAGE

  • Total Thrust: Unk kN
  • ISP: Unk sec

 

Both Stages

  • Propellant: Liquid bi-propellant
  • LOX & Kerosene

 

Related Subreddits

r/SpaceX

r/Space

r/Spaceflight

r/Ignitionporn

r/NewZealand

/r/spaceweather


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Who's decision was it to invest?

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2024/04/12
16:10 UTC

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Further clarity on $32m contract;

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2024/04/11
22:43 UTC

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r/RocketLab Stock Discussion Thread

You can use this thread to discuss the RocketLab stock and things related to it.

Selfpost and Memes related to the stock / stockprice will be removed outside of this thread according to Rule 2.

8 Comments
2024/04/10
23:00 UTC

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Rocket Lab on Twitter: Welcome to LC-1, @KAISTPR! NEONSAT-1 is going through checkouts in the cleanroom at Launch Complex 1 in the lead up to KAIST's mission on Electron in the coming days, NET April 24th.

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2024/04/10
15:17 UTC

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For more than a decade, our carbon composite capabilities were only used to serve our internal programs. But recently, for the very first time, we have we made our composite products and capabilities available to the wider aerospace industry.

10 Comments
2024/04/08
16:48 UTC

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No recovery attempts on past few missions

Does anyone have insight why they stopped with the first stage recovery?

Where is RL in general with this?

It seems to have just ... fizzled out, but there's gotta be a reason.

18 Comments
2024/03/22
23:14 UTC

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NROL-123 "Live And Let Fly" Launch, March 21, 2024

12 Comments
2024/03/22
17:08 UTC

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Excellent article about how starship will challenge other launch providers

30 Comments
2024/03/22
15:32 UTC

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2024/03/19
21:48 UTC

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Neutron Launch Site Updates

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2024/03/18
22:54 UTC

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Rocket Lab on Twitter: It's beginning to feel a lot like...launch week! We’re targeting no earlier than 2:40 a.m. EDT, March 21 to launch #NROL123 'Live and Let Fly' on Electron for the @NatReconOfc from @NASAWallops at @Virginia_Space Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

8 Comments
2024/03/18
21:31 UTC

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Lunar economy and Rocket Lab's role

https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/03/the-us-government-seems-serious-about-developing-a-lunar-economy/

I really hope Rocket Lab has some kind of ambition/plan for positioning itself to be a major player in the lunar economy.

For now Electron and Neutron does give Rocket Lab some share, however, Neutron's 1.5 tons to Lunar Orbit is not nearly enough to compete in the long term. Hopefully a Heavy Lift version of Neutron is in the works for early 2030s.

4 Comments
2024/03/18
17:09 UTC

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Does Rocket Lab have a future with its space rockets?

Many startups have emerged in this new boom in space exploration in the US, I think we are clear about who is the most influential in terms of rocket construction, SpaceX, Rocket Lab and Blue Origin.

But there is also a group of startups that are not interested in building rockets, because they are clear that they cannot compete with the main 3, so they are dedicating their efforts to trying to offer other services related to payload, saleslites, software, among others. . services that may arise, but we will not talk about them, we will focus on SpaceX, Blue Origin and Rocket Lab, which is what is expected of them in the coming years and this is where I want to make it clear that it is my perception that I will say to below and this may not happen as I will say.

To begin with, I think that SpaceX and Blue Origin have some points in common, not only does it have a strong backing of money, but its CEOs are people with certain power, who may have certain ties with politicians, this in some way . may influence certain future government contracts.

As for Rocket Lab, it is a company that comes from nowhere and is making its way with its own resources, this is where I want to remain skeptical, I don't know if Rocket is aware that it can be very difficult to compete directly with these 2 companies in the future, maybe I'm wrong, but I have the feeling that Rocket Lab will eventually focus on offering services like the other startups they mention at the beginning want to do and will slowly abandon rockets. This is what I perceive, in any case I would like to know how you see Rocket Lab in the future

53 Comments
2024/03/17
19:51 UTC

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A slightly off-topic question. Does anyone know the name of the song that Rocket Lab used to insert into the video when they tested the Rutherford engine? It's so good! Thank you very much.

2 Comments
2024/03/17
05:35 UTC

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When you think Rocket Lab will Land Neutron booster after entry?

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2024/03/16
21:52 UTC

14 Comments
2024/03/15
10:39 UTC

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wild idea: RocketLab should make jumbo jets

with Boeing falling apart faster than their planes, a competitor to airbus is wanted/needed by airlines. RocketLab should approach airlines to see if they can get "venture capital" from them to turn their carbon fiber and rocket building expertise into an airplane making startup. maybe start with a plane that is similar size as neutron (between a 737 and a 747), to make it easier to adapt.

the biggest downside is that it could become a distraction if you let it interfere with the rocket building division.

27 Comments
2024/03/15
05:21 UTC

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What do we think will happen to Rocket Lab if a recession were to hit

Title. Would they be doomed?

38 Comments
2024/03/15
04:38 UTC

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